What's stopping certain core2duo Mac minis from getting latest upgrade?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by lolwatpear, Jul 28, 2014.

  1. lolwatpear macrumors member

    May 11, 2013
    I recently ordered a 2007 1.83 GHz core 2 duo mac mini knowing that it can't be upgraded to the latest OS (I believe), but I just want to know why it can't.

    Is it possible to get around this somehow? I don't get why an x86 processor just wouldn't work like how many countless processors for hackintosh can work.
  2. garbage-barge macrumors member

    Jul 28, 2014
  3. lolwatpear thread starter macrumors member

    May 11, 2013
    I saw that list before, but it only says certain 2009 and later minis work. I don't get why an imac with a similar processor would work.

    I'll try plugging in my hackintosh mavericks ssd and see it works when I get it.
  4. g4cube macrumors 6502a

    Apr 22, 2003
    Just a question as to whether Apple included drivers or did thorough testing.

    Apple likes to cut the cord on older Macs so the developers don't have to worry about unique characteristics. While the processor might be the same, there are other details to worry about.

    You could try installing os on an external drive from a supported Mac, then see if your Mac will boot from it. Apples pretty good about making sure installed os is complete.

    If it does boot, no guarantee that something obscure isn't supported properly.

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